Mountain Safety


Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol is committed to skier safety and education, and to providing the finest first aid care to the guests of Mount Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park. Look for one of the red and black jackets wherever you slide. The MSSP is one of the largest all-volunteer ski patrols in the country and also one of the first, being formed in 1938. Today the patrol consists of 130 volunteer patrollers that are present on the mountain each day and night during the season. Our patrollers are trained to the highest standards set by the National Ski Patrol. Each patroller must undergo over 120 hours of classroom, hands-on, and on-the-hill training for initial certification, plus annual update training sessions, and hands-on training all season long. MSSP has alpine and telemark skiers, snowboarders, student patrollers and non-toboggan pullers (auxiliary), plus a Nordic Patrol for the Mt. Spokane State Park Nordic Area. The MSSP is an all-volunteer group, and a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. The annual Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap is the primary source of funding for the MSSP for operations, purchase of medical and first aid supplies, rescue equipment and training materials.

How can I become a member of the MSSP?

An annual recruiting event is held in late February or early March. Candidate patrollers undergo a 12 week, 90 hour class in Outdoor Emergency Care and an additional six-weekend “on-the-mountain” training program in the fall and early winter. Email for more information.

Tips from the Ski Patrol

Always wear eye protection such as snow goggles or sunglasses. This includes your children!
Dress in layers for warmth to allow movement and blood circulation. Only one layer of socks is recommended.
If you’re a first-time, take a lesson to get started in the right direction!
If you encounter an injured guest, contact the nearest lift attendant to notify Ski Patrol.
Snow skates are allowed with proper leashes and metal edges.
Equipment must have safety braking devices. Skis or snowboards without metal edges are prohibited.
Sledding is prohibited within Mt. Spokane State Park. The only exception to this is use of Mt. Spokane’s Tubing Hill with the provided tubes.
Snow bikes are currently prohibited.
Dogs are not allowed within ski area boundary


If unfamiliar with using the chairlift, ask the operator for assistance.
Obey all posted signs and placards.
Have your lift ticket or season pass out and ready to be scanned every single time.
Remove poles strapped to wrists before loading.
Remove backpacks before loading. Children in backpacks are prohibited, other than Chair 5 with express permission from the bottom lift attendant BEFORE loading.
When loading, turn inward and grab the center pole of the chair.
If riding alone, always load on the seat nearest the operator.
Skiers keep your tips up while approaching the unloading ramp.
Only load and unload at designated ramps.
Move quickly away from the unloading area after you have unloaded the chair.
Swinging or bouncing the chair can be dangerous to yourself or others and is prohibited.
Jumping from the chairlift is expressly forbidden and extremely dangerous! A sudden jump could cause deropement of the chairlift resulting in potential injury or death. Jumping from the chair carries a minimum $500 fine and mandatory court appearance.
Chair closing times are 3:30pm for Chairs 1 & 4, 3:45pm for Chairs 2 & 3, and 4:00pm for Chair 5, or 9:15 for Chairs 2 & 3, and 9:30pm for Chair 5 during night operation. Clocks are posted on all lift shacks.


As a skier or a snowboarder it is your responsibility to observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience. Be safety conscious and KNOW THE CODE. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

  1. Always stay in control.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way.
  3. Stop in a safe place for you and others.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
  5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
  7. Know how to use the lifts safely.


Smart Style is about all safety and having the knowledge to enjoy your freedom and the freestyle terrain. Park Smart reinforces five important points for the use of freestyle terrain:

1. START SMALL: If you are just getting into the park for the first time, or first time that day, start with small features and work your way up. If you aren’t sure about how to use a feature, build your skills first. When starting out, look for small progression parks and features and then work your way up to medium or large parks and features. Freestyle Terrain comes in different sizes so make sure and start small and work your way up before going into larger parks.

2. MAKE A PLAN: Every time you use freestyle terrain have a plan for each feature you are going to use. Remember, your speed, approach and take-off will directly affect your maneuver and landing. When first inspecting the jumps consider the following elements of each jump (ATML):
(A) The approach zone is for setting your speed and stance
(T) The Take-off zone is for making moves that start your trick
(M) The Maneuver zone is for controlling your style
(L) The Landing Zone is for getting straight and riding away clean.

3. ALWAYS LOOK: Before you drop. Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings. Use your first run as a warm run and to familiarize yourself with the park layout and features. Remember that the features change constantly due to weather, usage and time of day so it is important to continue to inspect features through out the day.

4. RESPECT GETS RESPECT: Respect the features and other users. One person on a feature at a time. Wait your turn and call your drop-in. Always clear the landing area quickly. Respect all signs and stay off closed features. Remember that respect is important both in the park, and on the rest of the resort. So be smart when you are heading down the mountain or to the lift and save your best tricks for the park.

5. TAKE IT EASY: Know your limits. Land on your feet. Ride within your ability and consider taking a lesson if you want to build your knowledge, skills, and bag of tricks. Stay in control both on the ground and in the air. Remember you can control how big or small you take the feature by varying speed and take off. Inverted aerials increase the chance of serious injury and are not recommended.


Mt. Spokane does not recommend skiing or snowboarding out-of-bounds. As with all ski areas, safety is a major concern.

Respect boundary markings (marked with rope, ribbon lines, orange markers, flagging, and signs). Ducking or jumping over boundary markings is not permitted and is punished by revoking ticket or season pass privileges.

Two well-marked exit gates are located near the summit of the mountain – one near the unloading zone of Chair 1, and the other directly above the Ski Patrol Bump Shack at the unload area of Chair 2. If you wish to leave the ski area boundary, you must exit via these gates.

Be smart, know before you go, and don’t go alone. Out of bounds is NOT patrolled and any search, rescue, or pull-out is subject to fine.

Uphill travel is NOT permitted while the ski area is operational. Uphill travel is permitted during closed hours only on certain routes and during certain times. See our complete Uphill Travel Policy.

You should realize that your actions affect not just yourself, but also every other member of your party and potentially any other winter enthusiast or ski patroller who may be required to help in the case of an accident. If you feel something is above your ability level, it is your responsibility to make the wise judgment and inform your group.


Uphill use by means of skinning has gained popularity at Mt. Spokane in recent years. This type of recreational use raises safety concerns for the ski area as well as its uphill and downhill users. Uphill users can help preserve this opportunity by following these simple guidelines:

Within the Mt Spokane Ski Area Boundary, uphill travel is permitted only on designated routes under conditions that do not adversely impact grooming, parking, snow removal, maintenance or other ski area operations.
All uphill travelers in the patrolled ski area boundary are considered skiers and are required to familiarize themselves with this policy as well as the Skier’s Responsibility Code.
Specific routes may be closed at any given time due to safety or hazardous conditions. These conditions include but are not limited to; hazard trees, construction, and grooming or maintenance operations. Check the Mt. Spokane Snow Report for notices of closures or route changes.
Hourglass, No Alibi and Two Face often necessitate the use of a winch grooming system to maintain managed slopes. Extreme safety hazards present themselves to users during winch operations.
See full policy and route maps here:


Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists – without the prior written authorization from the Resort. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within Resort boundaries. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from Resort property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries. Please contact a resort representative in the Snow Sports Center if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any aerial drones. Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, and State Park rules, as well as those policies separately established by this Resort, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability. Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any drone equipment, and may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.